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Human rights in Asia: A reassessment of the Asian values debate

posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by L Avonius, Damien KingsburyDamien Kingsbury
"This book offers a critical reassessment of the "Asian values" debate, which dominated the human rights discourse in the late 1990s, and a reappraisal of the human rights situation in Asia since then. In this book Asian and non-Asian scholars contextualize the "Asian values" debate and examine in what ways the issues raised then continue to trouble Asian societies. Human rights are seen both in the context of political developments in individual Asian countries as well as in relation to global issues such as the Global War on Terror. The book challenges the reader to critically examine human rights rhetoric and practice both in Asia and globally."--BOOK JACKET.



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Palgrave Macmillan

Place of publication

New York, N. Y.






1st ed.




Introduction / Damien Kingsbury and Leena Avonius -- 1. Universalism and Exceptionalism in 'Asia' / Damien Kingsbury -- 2. Asia Values? Why Not, But How? / Jau-hwa Chen -- 3. Human Rights from the Left: The Early Chinese Democracy Movement / Lauri Paltemaa -- 4. Chinese Values and Human Rights / Ann Kent -- 5. From Marsinah to Munir: Grounding Human Rights in Indonesia / Leena Avonius -- 6. From 'Asian Values' to Singapore Exceptionalism / Laurence Wai-Teng Leong -- 7. Human Rights in Thailand: Rhetoric or Substance on 'Asian Values' / Naruemon Thabchumpon -- 8. 'Asian Values,' Gender, and Culture-Specific Development / Paivi Koskinen -- 9. The Nation-State and Its Violence: Debates in Post-Cold War Japan / Mikako Iwatake -- 10. Walking the Line between the 'War on Terror' and the Defense of Human Rights / Reetta Toivanen. 'This book is based on papers presented at a seminar 'Asian values versus human rights revisited' that was organized at the Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki in May 2007'--Pref.

Publication classification

A7 Edited book; X Not reportable

Copyright notice

2008, Palgrave Macmillan


L Avonius, D Kingsbury

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